Taktouka is a Moroccan salad made with roasted green pepper stewed in an aromatic tomato sauce. Garlicky, spicy and lightly smoky, this healthy appetizer is easy to make and tastes even better the next day. 

Overhead shot of taktouka in a blue bowl, showing the jammy tomatoes and oil around the edges.
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Morocco is famous for serving cooked vegetables as salads and starters, like their classic za’alouk eggplant salad or simple potato salad with chermoula. Taktouka is yet another traditional Moroccan salad that I know you will absolutely love. 

Chunky yet brothy and fresh yet velvety, taktouka lives in a beautiful middle ground between a salad, dip, and a stew. To make it, you simply char green peppers until they’re tender. Then simmer them in an aromatic tomato sauce that’s boldly seasoned with red chili flakes, paprika, coriander, and garlic. 

The warming, tomatoey, and slightly smoky flavor is nearly identical to shakshuka, a beloved brothy poached egg recipe beloved in many parts of the Middle East and North Africa. In fact, if you find yourself with taktouka leftovers, you can heat them on the stove and use them as a base to poach eggs! 

This versatile Moroccan salad is absolutely show stopping any which way you serve it. Enjoy as a starter, dip, side, salad, hot, cold, with crusty bread or pita, or on its own. 

Table of Contents
  1. Taktouka Ingredients
  2. How to Make Taktouka 
    1. Char the Peppers
    2. Simmer and Serve
  3. Leftovers and Storage
  4. What to Serve with Taktouka 
  5. More North African Recipes to Try
  6. Taktouka (Moroccan Tomato and Roasted Bell Pepper Salad) Recipe
Ingredients for taktouka, including green bell peppers, canned tomatoes, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, coriander, parsley, cilantro, olive oil, and red wine vinegar.


Taktouka Ingredients

This Moroccan salad uses humble ingredients, many of which you likely already have. If not, they’re all easy to find. Here’s what you need:

  • Green bell peppers: Green peppers are more traditional, but you can use any color bell peppers you’d like or have on hand, with red and yellow being slightly sweeter. 
  • Extra-virgin olive oil: Used to soften the garlic and add richness to the salad. Use a high quality extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor–any of the oils from our shop would work very well.
  • Garlic: Adds an assertive sweet meets savory flavor.
  • Canned tomatoes: Use canned tomatoes without any additives or flavorings. Use either diced or fire-roasted for a slightly smokier flavor. 
  • Seasonings: This dish is boldly seasoned with typical Mediterranean pantry seasonings that give it a warming and spicy kick. You’ll need sweet paprika (or smoked if you’d like), red pepper flakes (or Aleppo pepper), ground coriander, salt, and black pepper.
  • Herbs: Parsley and cilantro leaves add freshness and color. You can substitute with other tender herbs if you’d like, such as mint or dill. 
  • Red wine vinegar: Adds acidity for balance. If you don’t have any, you can use sherry vinegar, Champagne vinegar or lemon juice. 
Overhead shot of taktouka in a blue bowl with bread on the side.


How to Make Taktouka 

This easy Moroccan salad recipe benefits greatly from a bit of time to develop. The roasted peppers are best when they char and soften patiently, and the flavors are most vibrant when the salad is not piping hot. Allow yourself a little time for the best taktouka. Here’s how you make it:


Char the Peppers

  • Roast the bell peppers on the stove top. Turn two of your gas burners to medium. Put a bell pepper directly over the flame on each burner. Use a pair of tongs to turn until the pepper is charred all over and very soft, about 15 minutes in total. (If you don’t have a gas stove, see my oven method here.)two green bell peppers roasting on a stove top, showing the charred skin.
  • Soften the peppers. Immediately transfer to a heat-safe bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap to trap the steam. Set aside for 10 minutes or so until they are cool enough to handle. two charred green bell peppers in a bowl with plastic wrap on top, showing the steam being trapped in the bowl to soften the peppers.
  • Get ready. While the peppers soften, mince 3 garlic cloves. Open 1 (15-ounce) can of diced tomatoes. Measure out ½ teaspoon each of sweet paprika, red pepper flakes, and ground coriander. 


Simmer and Serve

  • Make a garlicky oil. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and swirl just until it’s fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. (Avoid browning the garlic or the oil may taste bitter).
  • Simmer the tomatoes. Stir in the tomatoes, paprika, red pepper flakes, coriander, and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and cover partway. Simmer for about 10 minutes. tomatoes simmering in a pan with spices and garlicky olive oil.
  • Finish the roasted bell peppers. When the peppers are cool enough to handle, peel the outer charred skin (this will be messy). Discard the stem and seeds and roughly chop the remaining flesh. two roasted green bell peppers on a wooden cutting board. one is whole with the skin removed, showing the softened flesh, the other has been peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces.
  • Simmer the peppers. Add the chopped roasted peppers to the skillet with the tomatoes. Simmer for another 5 minutes or so while you chop ¼ cup each of parsley and cilantro leaves.overhead shot of a pan with spiced tomato sauce and green bell pepper.
  • Finish and serve. Stir in the parsley, cilantro, and a splash of red wine vinegar (no more than a teaspoon). Let the taktouka rest for a bit until just warm or at room temperature. Serve with your favorite bread.Side shot of taktouka in a bowl, showing the chunky texture.


Leftovers and Storage

Taktouka is a wonderful recipe to make ahead and use in recipes all week long as the flavor intensifies as time passes. If you have leftovers, cover them tightly and keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Serve cold, at room temperature, or reheat gently on the stove.


What to Serve with Taktouka 

  • To boost your veggie intake at breakfast spoon taktouka over your scrambled eggs, fold them into an omelet, spoon over toast, or even top savory yogurt with it and drizzle with olive oil.
  • For a light and healthy lunch, add taktouka to a sandwich, or spoon it over chicken breast, or pan-fried fish.
  • For a dinner party, follow the smoky, spicy salad with Moroccan Chicken to showcase the slightly sweeter side of the region's famous flavors, and serve with crusty bread, pita bread or pita chips.

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Taktouka (Moroccan Tomato and Roasted Bell Pepper Salad)

Suzy Karadsheh
Overhead shot of taktouka in a blue bowl, showing the jammy tomatoes and oil around the edges.
Somewhere between a salad and a dip, taktuka is a garlicky, spicy and lightly smoky mezze that's a beloved staple of Moroccan cuisine. This healthy appetizer is easy to make and tastes even better the next day.
Prep – 5 minutes
Cook – 45 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total – 1 hour 10 minutes
Cuisine:
Moroccan
Serves – 6 people, as a side
Course:
Appetizer, Dip, Salad, Side

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large green bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes or diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • Splash red wine vinegar, no more than a teaspoon
  • Crusty bread or pita, for serving (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Roast the bell peppers. Turn two of your gas burners to medium. Put a bell pepper directly over the flame on each burner. Use a pair of tongs to turn until the pepper is charred all over and very soft, about 15 minutes in total. (If you don’t have a gas stove, see my oven method below.)
  • Soften the peppers. Immediately transfer to a heat-safe bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap to trap the steam. Set aside for 10 minutes or so until they are cool enough to handle.
  • Make a garlicky oil. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add the garlic and swirl for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, tossing regularly just until it’s fragrant.
  • Simmer the tomatoes. Stir in the tomatoes, paprika, red pepper flakes, coriander, and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and cover partway. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Peel and chop the roasted peppers. When the peppers are cool enough to handle, peel the outer charred skin (this will be messy). Discard the charred skin, stem, and seeds and roughly chop the remaining flesh.
  • Simmer the peppers. Add the chopped roasted peppers to the skillet with the tomatoes. Simmer for another 5 minutes or so.
  • Finish and serve. Stir in the fresh parsley, cilantro, and red wine vinegar. Let the taktouka rest for a bit until just warm or at room temperature. Serve with your favorite bread.

Notes

  • To roast the bell peppers in the oven at 450F, turning until they are charred all over, 25 to 40 minutes in total.
  • Avoid browning the garlic or the oil may taste bitter.
  • Cover leftovers tightly and store in your refrigerator for up to 5 days. Serve cold, at room temperature, or reheat gently on your stove. If you have plenty, you can even poach eggs right in the taktouka, similar to shakshuka
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Nutrition

Calories: 65.6kcalCarbohydrates: 5.5gProtein: 1.1gFat: 4.9gSaturated Fat: 0.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.6gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.5gSodium: 104.1mgPotassium: 230.7mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 2.7gVitamin A: 614.1IUVitamin C: 42.3mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1.1mg
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  1. MELISSA C UMBSEN says:

    Can this be made in large quantities and frozen? Looks so delicious!

    1. TMD Team says:

      Hi, Melissa. Sure! That will work. You may want to freeze in smaller batches though... for easier defrosting. enjoy!

  2. Leila says:

    5 stars
    Lovely recipe! Small comment in passing: why is it Moroccan & Tunisian, rather than Maghreb? Pretty certain Algeria has it too 🙂

  3. Susan Graham says:

    5 stars
    This is a phenomenal recipe!! I loved it!! Very simple to make and just the right amount of spice.

    1. TMD Team says:

      We love to hear that, Susan! Thanks for coming back to leave a review!

  4. Kelly says:

    5 stars
    Been following you for awhile now. LOVE your simple and delish recipes! You have introduced me to some spices/herbs I have never used - Aleppo pepper is now one of my faves. Always look forward to catching you on Pinterest or my email. Happy holidays!

    1. TMD Team says:

      You are so sweet, Kelly! Thank you!!

  5. Sandi says:

    5 stars
    I made this today and it was amazing...it is very similar to Matbucha!! Both are delicious!!! Suzy, I love all your recipes!!!! I bought your book and your food is amazing!!!!! Thank you for sharing!!

    1. TMD Team says:

      You're so sweet, Sandi! Thank you!

  6. Gjylije says:

    5 stars
    Awsome.I love it.Moroccan cuisin has best recipes for every dish.I appreviate that you post photos so it is easy for us to understand better the recipe.Grrat job!

    1. TMD Team says:

      Thanks, Gjylije! Hope you give this one a try!